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Brett Troyan
SUNY Research Foundation, College at Cortland (Cortland, NY 13045-0900)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003

A quest for the Indian communal spirit: Gregorio Hernandez de Alba and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Southwestern Colombia

The indigenous movement in Colombia obtained 25 percent of the national territory, judicial autonomy, and funds for the local councils of reservations/resguardos in the Constitution of 1991. This was a remarkable political feat considering that Colombia’s indigenous peoples represent only 1.7 percent of a total population of forty million. In this summer project I focus specifically on the director and founder of the Division of Indigenous Affairs, Gregorio Hernández de Alba (1904-1976) who played a crucial role in constructing an alliance between indigenous groups and the Colombian state.